This South Korean Plastic Surgery Makeover Show Is the Craziest
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This week’s issue of The New Yorker features a fascinating piece from writer Patricia Marx, who visited the “Improvement Quarter” in South Korea’s capital Seoul, and its hundreds (literally, hundreds) of plastic surgery clinics — some clinics’ names she list include “Magic Nose, “Top Class,” “Small Face,” and “Wannabe,” although this last venue does not come with any official Spice Girl endorsements, sadly. “By some estimates,” Marx writes, South Korea is ranked no. 1 for the most plastic surgery procedures per capita; the country is renowned for its fixation on ~flawless~ good looks. Patients start their transformations young, also — “a typical high-school graduation gift for a Korean teen-ager,” Marx writes, “is either a nose job or a blepharoplasty, also called a double-eyelid surgery. Blepharoplasties are the most common procedure, with a Westernized eyelid crease still considered aspirational if not necessary.
Though this has yielded a disconcertingly uniform appearance in patients post-surgery in the past (see, a roster of hopefuls competing for a spot in 2013’s Miss Korea pageant, which went viral that year), Marx says new trends in surgery are for “quirky” and “different” features. The “Bagel Girl” look is also currently en vogue. This has, fortunately, nothing to do with the bagel forehead trend in surgery, which briefly surfaced among Japanese hipsters in 2012, and is instead a nickname for “a voluptuous body with a schoolgirl face” — bagel is short for “baby-faced and glamorous.” Perhaps a poppyseed bagel girl would be one with freckles, while a salt bagel girl would be, well, salty? I don’t know really, I just need some carbs in my life right now.
Buried toward the end of Marx’s piece is a section noting plastic surgery’s well-anointed place in the country’s mainstream media cultures. Plastic surgery-themed TV shows are common, and Marx mentions one in particular — Let Me In:
“[Let Me In] is among the most widely viewed programs in South Korea. Each contestant on the show — given a nickname like Girl Who Looks Like Frankenstein, Woman Who Cannot Laugh, Flat-Chested Mother, Monkey — makes a case to a panel of beauty experts that his or her physical features have made it so impossible to live a normal life that a total surgical revamping is called for. The contestants’ parents are brought onstage, too, to apologize to their offspring not only for endowing them with crummy genes but also for being too poor to afford plastic surgery. At the end of every show, the surgically reborn contestant is revealed to the audience, which oohs and aahs and claps and cries.”
This show is a campy, exuberant take on 2004 Fox reality show The Swan, with its all-too-staged sadsack contestants’ lives transformed, thanks to a boob job and an evening gown. The Swan croaked after barely two seasons, with both its values and the competitive nature (the women involved competed in a pageant-style bracket, with only one winner crowned at the end) proving too controversial. But for South Korean audiences, Let Me In is a juggernaut success. The hosts’ reactions are a particularly strange delight, at the same time representing both the contestants’ fairy godmother and evil stepmother with their critiques and, later, shallow affirmations. YouTube only features a couple of scenes with full subtitles, both of which feature participants’ big reveal; watch one above and another below:
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Thai woman can’t recognize her son after he went on Korean surgery show
A 22-year-old Thai factory worker shocked his mother with a total transformation after he had a series of plastic surgeries on Let Me In Thailand, the Thai edition of a Korean popular TV show.
Noppajit Monlin, 22, had always desired to change how he looked, as his twisted jaw made him unable to chew properly. Ashamed by his abnormality, Noppajit often alienated himself from his co-workers and ate alone during his lunch breaks.
Photo: Let Me In Thailand
In the Season 3 premiere of the makeover series, which aired yesterday, Noppajit was selected to undergo plastic surgery in South Korea. To complete his desired look, the Thai man underwent jaw, forehead, and eyelid surgeries. The show also gave him salivary gland botox injections, a procedure used to fix excessive drooling, and a skin treatment to get rid of his blemishes.
And voila! Noppajit is a new man. Or at least physically unrecognizable as his old self.
Photo: Let Me In Thailand
Photo: Let Me In Thailand
Following a three-month-long recovery, Noppajit was scheduled to meet his mother for the first time at their favorite restaurant. She didn’t recognize her own son at the table across from her.
“I really miss him, and I’m not acting,” Noppajit’s mom said before bursting into tears on camera.
As Noppajit got up and walked toward his mom, she began crying hysterically.
“Mom, do you remember me? Look at me,” Noppajit asked.
“Is it you? Is it really you?” his mom asked.
Photo: Let Me In Thailand
If you’ve looked at the before and after photos, you can understand why she couldn’t believe it. Eventually, she had to look for Noppajit’s scars to prove to herself it was really him.
In an interview on the show, Noppajit said that his life has tremendously changed, especially in social settings.
“People say I’m a different person. I feel much better. Before, people said my face was not normal and society didn’t accept me, now I have more friends,” he said, in a slightly heart-breaking commentary on society at large.
Photo: Let Me In Thailand
Despite looking like a trendy Korean model now, Noppajit said he’s still the same person, and his heart still belongs to “Tob,” a transgender woman he met on Facebook and has been dating for three years.
“I’m protective of him, but I’m not scared [of him leaving me]. We’ve trusted each other since the beginning,” 26-year-old Tob said on the show.
Tob said that Noppajit immediately asked for her number, five minutes after they started talking on Facebook. Three weeks later, they moved in together.
“She took care of me. Even though she’s not a woman, she’s just like one. This woman is the best for me,” Noppajit said.
“Although I have a new life now, my heart is the same.”
We must say, Noppajit, you are absolutely beautiful on the inside! Check out other transformations from Let Me In Thailand:
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Korean Plastic Surgery Show “Let Me In Thailand” Transforms Thai Man To Look Like Korean Rockstar
The Korean plastic surgery show “Let Me In Thailand” had its fourth season premiere yesterday night by transforming a Thai healthcare worker. The popular show in Thailand flies Thai people to South Korea to have plastic surgery to improve their lives. 25-year-old Apichen Rueksadee went under the knife to change his facial features. The surgeons changed his jaw, cheekbone, chin, and nose to make him look like a Korean rock star, reports Coconuts Bangkok.
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The show follows Rueksadee before the surgery as he tells his wife, son, and his mother in law on his plans to get plastic surgery. He views his chin as the most problematic on his face. In a plastic surgery consultation in S. Korea, the doctor describes his chin as a “witch chin.”
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Rueksadee goes under the knife and emerges with a new face and a new confidence.
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He goes to his son’s school announced to see if his son would recognize him. His son doesn’t recognize him so Rueksadee reveals who he is and his son seems sad. It must be scary to see a new face saying he’s your father while you miss the old face that you have gotten used to your whole life.
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Next up he goes to see his wife. She’s having dinner with some friends when Rueksadee takes a seat at a table opposite hers.
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She glimpses over a couple times but she doesn’t recognize him.
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He finally walks over to greet her.
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She’s happy to see him and happy that he’s happy.
Finally, he goes to see his mother in law. He stands only a couple feet from her but she doesn’t recognize him.
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She gets up to leave the office and that’s when Rueksadee reveals who he is to the surprised mother in law.
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She can’t hold back her joy of seeing her son in law.
Rueksadee didn’t just get the surgery because he didn’t like certain parts of his face. He hopes to break into the entertainment industry as an actor or model with his new look so that he could make some extra money to take care of his family.
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Check out the full video below:
Korean Plastic Surgery – Dr. Christopher C. Chang
Asian faces have a distinct bone structure and muscle mass compared to western faces. This makes Asian cosmetic and facial treatments, including cosmetic surgery a different ball game for medical professionals.
Most surgeons around the world can work on western faces, but there are very few plastic surgeons that can operate on and treat Asian faces. One such highly-qualified medical practitioner is Dr. Christopher C. Chang, MD.
Dr. Chang has extensive experience in performing Asian cosmetic and medical facial procedures. From simple brow lifts to extensive plastic surgery, he can help you with anything you need.
Korean Plastic Surgery By The Professional
Dr. Chang has worked on multiple patients of Asian descent and he has spent a large part of his career honing his skills in Korean plastic surgery. In fact, he is one of the very few surgeons in the United States, who has enough experience to perform a full-fledged Korean cosmetic surgery.
If you or your loved one is interested in learning more about this procedure or if you wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chang, feel free to give our clinic a call or send us an email.
Take a look at our gallery to see some of Dr. Chang’s cosmetic work. You can also read up about our various treatment procedures on our website. Contact us for more information.
Performing Asian Cosmetic Procedures
South Korea has been dubbed the ‘Cosmetic Surgery Capital of the World’, a reputation it deserves, given how 24% of the total number of plastic surgeries in the world are performed there. It is also this very reason that many new, cutting-edge techniques in the field of plastic surgery, originate from Korea.
If performed by an inexperienced surgeon, Korean plastic surgery can produce ungainly results in Asian faces. Dr. Chang has spent a large portion of his extensive career specializing in Korean plastic surgery. You can trust him to provide you with the superior-quality treatment you deserve.
During the consultation, remember to disclose your expectations to the doctor. This is extremely important as all the surgeries performed by Dr. Chang are highly couture and are personalized to suit your requirements, lifestyle and medical history.
The consultation is also a good time to understand how the surgery works and set a realistic goal in mind. Korean plastic surgery will certainly help people of Asian descent look younger and more beautiful, while retaining their ethnicity. However, just as with any other cosmetic surgery, you cannot expect drastic or impossible changes.
During the consultation, be sure to inform the doctor of any allergies or problems that you may have. This will help him plan the type of anesthesia and medication to prescribe.
The Pre-Surgery Preparation
Considering that this is a major operation, you will need to get admitted to the clinic for treatment. Have someone drop you to our clinic and arrange for a pick-up post-surgery.
The doctor will provide you a list of things that you’ll need to do before surgery. Be sure to follow these instructions carefully.
Any Korean cosmetic surgery performed on any part of the body qualifies to be called as a Korean plastic surgery. Before we understand the different types of plastic surgeries that can be performed, we’ll need to first consider the approach to Asian plastic surgery.
Asian faces are different from western faces in a few distinct ways. Asians have:
- A smaller and sharper nose
- Smaller ears
- Prominent cheekbones and jaws
- Elongated, but slightly rounded faces
- Close-set eyes
Therefore, any surgeon performing the Korean plastic surgery in Washington D.C. will keep these points in mind while performing the surgery.
Now, let’s look at some of the most common types of Korean plastic surgeries and how they are performed for Asian faces:
The nose is the most prominent part of a person’s face and a wrongly aligned nose can throw-off the balance on a person’s face. A nose job, also known as a rhinoplasty, is a method that is used to make the face look more shapely and beautiful.
In Asian cosmetic procedures, the rhinoplasty is designed to make the nose more suitable for the Asian face. From reducing the size of a bulbous nose to straightening a hooked nose, a rhinoplasty is a great way to correct congenital nasal cosmetic deformities.
In most Asian faces, the nose has no bridge, making it look fat and bulbous. The Asian rhinoplasty can help rectify this. The procedure can also be used to rectify medical nasal conditions such as a deviated septum.
During the surgery, Dr. Chang will make small incisions on the nose, remove the cartilage and bone flap, reshape them and stitch-up the incisions.See more about Dr. Chang’s Asian Rhinoplasty here.
Upper and lower eyelid surgeries are designed to rid the eyes of crow’s feet, eye bags and droopy folds of skin. Dr. Chang will make an incision following the natural lines of your eyes, remove the sagging muscles and tissues, tighten the skin and stitch-up the incision.
Asian eyes are single-lidded, meaning, no creases form when the eyes open and close. This detracts from the beauty of the face. An Asian eyelid surgery can be performed to add extra creases to the eyelids, contouring them and making them more beautiful.See more about Dr. Chang’s Asian Eyelid Surgery here.
If the Asian face has a hooded eyelid, then the extra skin can be removed quite easily.
After the surgery, Dr. Chang will provide a customized post-surgical recovery plan to help you recover successfully. Follow the instructions with care for a fast recovery.
Non-Surgical Procedures For The Asian Face
Botox injections and Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can be extremely beneficial to patients who don’t wish to go under the knife. While the Botox heals the body by restricting the movement of the treated areas of the body, the dermal fillers stimulate the production of elastin and collagen and reshape the face. See more about Dr. Chang’s BOTOX treatment here.
During the procedure, Dr. Chang will mark the specific areas of the face where the injectable need to be administered, so as to retain the authentic ethnic look of the patient’s Asian face.
Dr. Christopher C. Chang, MD is one of the most highly empathetic and creative plastic surgeon Washington D.C. has to offer. With him at your side, you have nothing to fear. His expertise, extensive knowledge and his artistry make him the ideal choice for your Korean plastic surgery. Feel free to book a consultation with him today. We are here if you need us.
South Korea Plastic Surgery Doctor’s Visit Told Me What I Should Fix
- South Korea has the highest rate of plastic surgeries per capita in the world.
- More than 500 clinics are located in Gangnam, a high-end neighborhood in Seoul, the capital of South Korea.
- I visited a clinic in Seoul and asked a top plastic surgeon what surgeries he would recommend for me. He suggested a rhinoplasty, chin augmentation, and dermal fillers.
SEOUL — South Korea has the highest rate of plastic surgeries in the world, with a whopping 20 procedures per 1,000 people. The next closest country, the US, comes in at 13 procedures per 1,000 people.
In Seoul, the country’s bustling capital, it feels even higher. As soon as I stepped foot into Incheon International Airport, the main airport serving Seoul, I was greeted by a plastic surgery advertisement that stretched the length of a city block.
When I arrived in Gangnam, a high-end district in Seoul across the river from downtown, I was greeted by more advertisements in the metro and sign after sign for cosmetic surgery clinics. Outside Gangnam Station, where my Airbnb is, men and women with bandaged faces and eyes and nose guards walking by is not an uncommon sight.
By some estimates, there are more than 500 clinics in Gangnam alone and nearly 1 million procedures a year. Gallup Korea found in 2015 that around one in three South Korean women between 19 and 29 have had plastic surgery. A BBC poll put that number at 50% or higher.
Despite the high numbers for South Koreans, they are far from the only ones getting plastic surgery in Seoul. Medical tourism is a big business in South Korea; 22% of the 450,000+ medical tourists in 2016 came to South Korea for plastic surgery. The government expects more than one million annual medical tourists by 2020, according to the New York Times. The vast majority are from China.
During my recent visit to Seoul, I thought it would be fun/terrifying/funny/heartbreaking to have a consultation with a plastic surgeon to see what surgery he or she might suggest I do. I visited with Dr. Choi Min of Answer Plastic Surgery in Gangnam who examined me for about 10 minutes, took a series of photos, and then gave me his professional opinion.
Most Koreans visiting a plastic surgeon are well-versed in plastic surgery and already know what they want to do, Choi said. In the vast majority of cases, they are looking for a blepharoplasty, or double-eyelid surgery, where they insert a crease in the eyelid to make the eye look bigger, is out. I already have a double eyelid.
Foreigners, on the other hand, according to Choi, are usually looking for more guidance from a doctor.
In general, to give me a more “balanced” facial profile as Choi called it, he recommended I have a rhinoplasty to fix a slight bump in my nose and straighten it, as well as doing a chin augmentation surgery to give me a more prominent chin. He then suggested I have some injectable dermal fillers to eliminate wrinkles on my forehead and smooth out a bump there. He also suggested fat grafts to fill in and smooth out the circles underneath my eyes, which currently make me look tired.
Lastly, he suggested I take out some skin and fat from my neck to slim it down after I get the chin augmentation. Each surgery would cost somewhere between $3,000 and $8,000, depending on the complexity and what quality of doctor I used. You can see the four changes he suggested in the side-by-side photos above.
So, if anyone has a spare $20,000-$30,000 sitting around, what do you think? Should I get it done before I leave?
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Sexism: Lookism in South Korea
In South Korea, many people ask the question first “She is pretty?” when they heard about some women. Appearance of women is usually very important thing to make them estimate in a variety of situations. Evenly, there is a saying “Good looking is an important ability to get a job”. This lookism is one of the major social problem in Korea and make lots of side effects such as growing of plastic surgery.
Lookism, especially to women, is rampant in South Korea. Statistics show that South Korea tops the list which is about country’s population of plastic surgery. Evenly, one in five women in Seoul had gone under the knife. (The Economist Online, 2012, Who has the most plastic surgery?) This suggests that there is a strong social pressure on women to improve their beauty.
For example, today’s Korean consumption culture encourage women to take care of their appearance until they get perfect-looking. (Lim, In-Sook, 2004, The Experience and Intention of Cosmetic Surgery in the Looks-Discriminatory Society). In consumption culture, women’s appearance is considered to improve with their effort. Especially, it is now believed that women should conform their destiny, which is that woemn have to manage their appearance until death.
That kind of social pressure is strengthened by media. Even if it is impossible that every women achieve perfect appearance, women in media usually have good looking which represent ideal of women’s beauty. (Su-hyeon Kim and Hyun-sook Bae, 2014, Effects of Social and Cultural Attitude Toward Appearance Portrayed through Mass Media on Women’s Intention of Cosmetic Surgery) Evenly, there is a TV show, named ‘Let Me In’, which give an opportunity to have a plastic surgery to panel who is ordinary women. The women who watch this TV show get a consideration of plastic surgery with seeing panel’s change of appearance after plastic surgery.
Actually, it seemed that a desire for beauty is instinctive characteristic of women. It is true that women in the past used to manage their appearance with makeup and costume likely modern women. However, contemporary pursuit of perfect beauty is the thing that made by social pressure. This pressure forces women to manage and improve their looking constantly and it brings excessive use or an addiction to plastic surgery. If this trend continues one day we can’t find women who had not gone under the knife.
Plastic Surgery in South Korea
Take a walk through South Korea’s affluent Gangnam Street and it’s everywhere now. It’s on television screens and plastered on buses as well as station walls. There’s no need for hushed whispers. Rather than shying away from it, the majority has embraced it. What is it? The Korean Plastic Surgery Trend. How did it all come about? Before diving head first, here are some facts that everyone who is interested in Korean plastic surgery should know.
The actual establishment of South Korea began after the Korean War (1953) followed by Japan’s devastating 35 year colonization. Back then, it was one of world’s poorest nations and one of its least developed areas was the famous “Gangnam district”. Appearances came second when the need to eat and survive was strong. In 1961, the GDP per capita (in US dollars), was below $100. That means that the average household earned less than $100 a year, so one can only imagine how poverty-stricken the country was.
Fast forward to 2015, the GDP per capita in South Korea is well approaching $30,000. For comparison’s sake, this incredible economic success story is unmatched by any other in the past few centuries. This all came about when the South Korean economy was boosted by the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and the streets of Gangnam started to change and eventually became what it is today.
Furthermore, as people got wealthier, they had more time and money to spend on their health and beauty. Beauty became so much the focus on their everyday lives that this cultural phenomenon has been given the name, “Korean plastic surgery boom”. As Gangnam is the wealthiest area in all of Korea, the effects of the Korean plastic surgery boom can be mostly seen in this district. The Korean plastic surgery boom is correlated with the rapid economic boom that produced present day South Korea.
As a whole, modern day Korea is an image-conscious and competitive nation. So much so that getting one’s foot in the door in love and career, greatly depends on how attractive one looks. How much is this ingrained in the South Korean culture? Children as young as high-school aged would receive plastic surgery as graduation gifts from their parents. This could almost be seen as a ritual, before they head out into the real world to face its challenges.
On the other hand, the Korean Wave (K-Pop, K-drama, etc.) has affected more than the local people. It has affected many countries across the world and especially all around Asia. There are now plenty of international customers who are looking for the “natural look” that Korean surgeons are so adept at producing. Furthermore, makeover television shows are broadcasted around the world, showcasing the very best of Korean plastic surgery. Customers have mentioned that being able to witness what Korean plastic surgery can do in these makeover shows reassures them of the transformative power of Korean plastic surgery. Seoul TouchUp agrees that customers do not need to worry as much. As long as the right surgeon is chosen, the results can be as successful, if not better than the ones shown on Korean makeover shows.
Having explained where and how the Korean plastic surgery boom began, Seoul TouchUp has also gained insights into the meaning of plastic surgery in Korea. Where is Korean plastic surgery’s place in the culture of modern day Korea? While kimchi, Hyundai and Samsung are just some of the things that South Korea is best known for. Not much is known about the country’s preoccupation with plastic surgery. What does it mean for them?
Despite what a lot of media coverage has said about the country’s unhealthy “obsession”, Korean plastic surgery does hold a great deal of meaning for South Koreans. In the last few years, public attitudes towards cosmetic surgery in South Korea have become increasingly optimistic. In general, cosmetic surgery is seen as a worthwhile investment, rather than a sign of vanity as it is often understood in the West. Where it once held a rather conservative, traditionalist mindset that came from Confucius’ teachings, all that is no longer true; a new culture has been born, one where taboo against any such pursuit has been thrown away. Many parents encourage their children to undergo surgery in efforts to gain a “competitive edge” in the job market. But it’s not just the young ones who have embraced this change, even the older folk have done so to create a more youthful look and relish a new life.
It’s a known fact that the modern Korean woman has exchanged maternal and domestic femininity for a slim, toned body and youthful face. For many Korean women, cosmetic surgery is seen as a symbolic, coming-of-action practice that is believed to bring about significant changes in one’s in education, marriage and career.
Aside from the meaning of plastic surgery in Korea, Seoul TouchUp has accumulated more insights, but this time into the plastic surgery trends that are prevalent today. It is an undeniable fact that modern day South Korea is extremely image-conscious. But what kind of image is prized, exactly? In Asia, a youthful-looking appearance is seen as desirable. The popularity of Korean girl and boy-bands sporting the ulzzang (얼짱) look is believed to propel both men and women in their early twenties to seek a softer image. This includes a prominent nose tip, a less angular jaw and double eyelids.
For the ladies, the Korean look isn’t very far off: Creating fairer skin, double eyelids, a prominent nose bridge, and a slimmer looking face is commonly requested by many expats. Since Goo Hara from the hit girl group KARA along with Miss Korea 2012 professed to cosmetic surgery, more and more Korean celebrities have also found to have gotten surgery. Many fans fixated by the natural-looking, flawless faces of Korean celebrities travel to Korea for cosmetic surgery.
The most popular cosmetic surgery in Korea is double eyelid surgery, which make the eyes look bigger and rounder. An operation to refine the nose (rhinoplasty) and reconfigure the jaw bone are also increasingly popular. All in all, Korean plastic surgery is desired for its natural-looking results as shown on the cosmetic surgery makeover show, “Let Me In” that is arguably said to showcase the best work done by the country’s renowned surgeons.
As briefly mentioned before, the very best of Korean plastic surgery are shown through makeover television programs. Customers may be curious as to what these makeover shows are and how they work. To start of with, while there are many makeover shows in Korea, none of them comes close to “Let Me In”, who by far has the highest viewer ratings. The show features before and after transformations of ordinary people as well as those suffering from disfigurements. Maybe the greatest part of it all is that they are given this life-changing plastic surgery service for free.
There have been mixed feelings about the show, with some critics claiming that it dramatizes situations and promotes vanity in people, encouraging them to seek unnecessary surgery. Others see it as a charitable act. One thing is for sure though, “Let Me In” showcases the best work done by the country’s finest surgeons.
Reverse (Undo) Plastic Surgery TV Show
But that’s not all. There’s even a television show that does the complete opposite of what “Let Me In” does; the show, “Back to My Face” documents people who would like to undergo surgery, but this time in efforts to regain their old face.
At first glance, it seems quite strange. But, then again, there are plenty of cases where the result of surgery turns out to be worlds apart from how a person had imagined it to be. The picture on the box doesn’t do the product any justice, the ads fail to deliver. Unfortunately, it happens often. Hence, it’s important to get even step one right the first time around. Many people try to envision their desired surgery results, without first wondering if it is actually achievable with their present face or current health condition. One thing that customers may want to be mindful of here, is to ensure that no hiccups happen in the process, one should as many questions as possible.
What is it exactly that makes Korea such an ideal destination, though? Compared to say, America? For one thing, advertisements for jaw-shaving surgeries are hard to come by in America. However, these bold adverts can be seen all over Seoul, where the V-line jaw surgery trend had first arose. The typical Asian woman’s body has its differences, such as a petite body and smaller breasts. Getting the proportions right can be a tedious process. Therefore, many Asian people choose to put their body in the hands of an Asian surgeon who is well-experienced in reshaping the Asian body. After all, surgeons in Korea had to go through practice after practice, where only the top 1% who graduate from medical school become qualified surgeons.
Compared to Korea, America’s plastic surgery industry and culture has its own uniqueness. The standard of beauty in Hollywood is that of a tanned, slim, sophisticated woman and a muscular, manly man. In Asian countries, however, tanned skin is associated with laborers who had to work under the scorching hot sun. So in Asian culture, fair skin is prized. The Korean standard of beauty certainly views fair skin as beautiful, together with large eyes, a well-defined nose and a small chin.
Another common topic that customers usually discuss with Seoul TouchUp is this, “What makes Korea such an ideal destination for plastic surgery, compared to places like America?” The simple answer is that Korean doctors understand the Asian body enough to create natural-looking results. These natural-looking results are the hallmark of Korean plastic surgery. On the other hand, Korea is also regarded as a great destination for Caucasians because of both its lesser cost and for its excellence in complex surgeries such as facial bone contouring and anti-aging procedures.
Another main reason that customers choose Korea over America is due to the standard of beauty. Compared to Korea, America’s plastic surgery industry and culture has its own uniqueness. The standard of beauty in Hollywood is that of a tanned, slim, sophisticated woman and a muscular, manly man. In Asian countries, however, tanned skin is associated with laborers who had to work under the scorching hot sun. So in Asian culture, fair skin is often prized. Perhaps not so coincidentally, the Korean standard of beauty views fair skin, large eyes, a defined nose and small chin as desirable.
One of the main concerns that customers have is whether or not Korean plastic surgery is as safe as it is popular. This often makes customers question whether or not it is worth the trouble in traveling all the way to Korea. When it comes down to it, safety is definitely a legitimate concern. Fortunately, though, Korean surgeons have to go through a rigorous assessment and process in order to be board-certified and deemed qualified. Similar to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, they have to go through the proper education and regulations before they are fit to work on patients. Also, as Korea experienced a surge in medical tourism since the late 2000’s, the government began to impose stricter laws to circumscribe illegal medical tourism agencies.
In general, customers planning to travel to Korea for plastic surgery may want to keep the following top ten most asked questions in mind:
- What kinds of surgeries is Korea suitable for my current face/body?
- Do I have all my beauty trip travel essentials with me?
- Do I need a certificate for my post-operative travels? (Tourists from China know this).
- Where is the best surgeon for this type of surgery?
- How do I make sure my chosen clinic is reputable?
- Do I have any medical conditions that would complicate surgery and endanger my life?
- How much is the total cost, and does it exceed my budget?
- In the event that I am not satisfied with the surgery results, are the mistakes reversible?
- What is the average price for this type of surgery?
- How long do I have to stay in Korea, and how long should I be on leave for work even after returning to my country?
It is important to have a clear idea of the answers to these questions above. Why so? Because even though Korean plastic surgery has enjoyed widespread success and praise, there has also been a surge in complaints. Choices are now abundant, but with that, complications have also arose. More and more people who are interested in Korean plastic surgery are also worried about the results. This is a very real dilemma. Not to worry, however, as it is possible to circumvent these problems.
Have a bunch of unanswered questions? The TouchUp community is the largest English-speaking Korean plastic surgery community, and is a platform to get Korean or plastic surgery related questions answered by the experts as well as fellow plastic surgery enthusiasts.
90,000 The boom of plastic surgery in Korea
In South Korea, plastic surgery is becoming a craze akin to an obsession
As technology improves, plastic surgery is becoming cheaper, safer, more effective and more popular all over the world. But nowhere has it become such a craze, even an obsession, than in South Korea, where, according to 2009 data, there is one such procedure for five women in Seoul. All women in Korea want to look the same: fair skin, small nose, big eyes and a V-shaped chin.
Koreans undergo plastic surgery more often than other countries to achieve what they think is perfect. Every fifth woman goes here for a similar procedure.
Even Miss Korea 2012, by her own admission, did plastic surgery. After this confession, many decided that her victory in the beauty pageant was dishonest, but Yu Mi retorted, “I never said I was born beautiful.” The crown remained with her.
Plastic surgery has become the norm and a familiar topic of discussion.People may wonder where you made such a cute little nose for yourself, and it won’t be tactless. It’s like asking which boutique you bought your designer bag from.
Girls tell without embarrassment what exactly they corrected themselves.
The face of the model Kim Tai-hye is one of the most desirable for women who go to plastic surgeons.
One of the most popular reality shows in Korea is “Let Me Come In.” Participants tell heartbreaking stories about the humiliation they had to go through until plastic surgeons tweaked their appearance.
Noses and eyelids are most often corrected. These operations are so common that they are called “basic”.
Koreans may be trying to get closer to Western beauty standards, but do not want to admit it.
Often, even schoolgirls go under the knife of plastic surgeons. In fact, it is believed here that the earlier the operation is performed, the more “natural” it will look in the future. In five years, these girls will be unrecognizable.
Some parents even encourage their children to have plastic surgery. “Everyone around is getting prettier and prettier, and parents don’t want their kids to be ugly ducklings,” she said, a Korean woman. Plastic surgery can be a gorgeous graduation gift.
There was a lot of joke in the press that many of the Miss Korea 2013 contestants looked like twins – there is no doubt that some of them became beauties not without the help of plastic surgery.
One of the most dangerous trends at the moment is the rearrangement of the upper and lower jaws. This “double jaw surgery” was previously intended to correct serious defects, but now it is used with might and main to achieve a more graceful face contour.
Of course, plastic surgery is always associated with risks, including numbness in certain areas of the face or even paralysis. But many women see this risk simply as a price to pay for being able to look dazzling.
In Korea, everyone is convinced that a woman’s success is directly related to her appearance. A beauty has more chances for a successful marriage, a desired job and a good attitude from others.
This also applies to men – advertising of plastic clinics assures that external attractiveness guarantees them good luck in their personal life and in work. There are even specialized male plastic surgery clinics in Korea.
Korea has earned the fame of the Mecca of plastic surgery.Korean doctors are well trained and proficient in all the latest techniques. There is even a special law allowing doctors of other specialties to retrain as plastic surgeons.
Plastic surgery is such a profitable business that a so-called “beauty belt” has formed in the southern part of Seoul, where clinics are concentrated in the most expensive quarters.
All metro stations have tons of advertisements that promise fantastic results.
The market for plastic services is growing rapidly, at the same time, prices for operations are becoming more affordable.The procedure, which costs at least $ 10,000 in the United States, can be done in Korea for $ 2,000 or $ 3,000.
90,000 In South Korea, girls are increasingly abandoning cosmetics and plastic surgery
A new trend in South Korea – in a country literally covered by the epidemic of plastic surgery, suddenly took a course on natural beauty as opposed to model standards. Not all, of course. But there are more and more people who decide to refuse not only the services of a surgeon, but even cosmetics. What came of it?
Remove false eyelashes, wash off kilograms of foundation and – oh, horror – dare to put on glasses.It’s hard to believe, but in South Korea to take off your makeup in public like this, to say “yes, I’m not perfect” is a whole act. This seemingly simple video has five million views.
“I have to find myself, decide who I am. This is important to me, not to them. This is why I wash off my makeup. I deserve to be loved for who I really am. Be brave, don’t let them underestimate you, ”the girl explained.
What if you throw away your makeup and cut your hair short? The women’s movement “Without a corset” proves that it is not a shame to be a girl of non-standard appearance.And this is a real revolution for a deeply patriarchal South Korea. After all, it is believed here that everyone is obliged to have an ideal appearance.
Long curly hair, wide European eyes, scarlet lips, white skin, a pumpkin seed-shaped face. Otherwise, the surgeon is waiting for you. According to statistics, every third Korean woman has had plastic surgery. There is already an army of identical beauties. For example, the pop group Girls’ Generation are eight young girls, each with a scalpel. Moreover, the ideal appearance is required not only in show business.And just to get the usual job of a salesman or a waiter.
The miraculous transformation into a white swan on the surgical table is a favorite on Korean TV. Videos “before” and “after” are shown here, of course, bypassing the difficult rehabilitation period with pain and suffering. The ugly girl, who has become a beauty, succeeds: she gets an excellent job and the most handsome guy. As if, apart from the ideal appearance, nothing else is needed.
Korean beauty fashion has long gone beyond the borders of the country.Most of all her fans are in the Celestial Empire. Three Chinese women even somehow got stuck at the border – because of the swollen faces after the operation, they simply could not be recognized by the photo in their passport. Zhang Yu is also considering surgery, but so far he is using makeup.
“We watch TV series from Korea, listen to their music and, of course, we want to be on these stars. But after all, not everyone is lucky with an ideal appearance. So far, mine suits me, but with age I will have to match, “Zhang Yu said.
In Korea, parents often take their children to the surgeon directly after high school graduation, hoping that they will have a better chance of success in adulthood.South Korea, not the most populous, ranks first in Asia for the number of teenage suicides. And the total dictate of beauty plays an important role here. So this movement “Without a corset” is no longer even a bright pose, but a cry of despair of ordinary girls in the company of ideal beauties.
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two parallel universes. One universe is present-day South Korea as we know it, and the other is an alternate universe in which Korea is a monarchy.
To fight evil and close the door between the two worlds, King Lee Gon joins forces with detective Jung Tae Eul, who lives in modern-day South Korea and tries to protect her life and the people she loves.
Lee Gon (Lee Min Ho) is the third generation Emperor of Korea. Citizens see him as a sophisticated person with a pleasant appearance and calm demeanor, as well as a perfect ruler. However, Lee Gon is quiet, sensitive, obsessive, and hates when other people touch him.For him, the palace is the safest place on earth, but also the most dangerous, since he saw a conspiracy of treason unfold there against his father when he was eight years old. He does not think about getting married or about procreation, preferring to leave the palace from time to time, participating in academic symposia.
Jung Tae Eul (Kim Go Eun) is a detective. From early childhood she was interested in becoming a police officer. Having overcome all difficulties, she was able to enter the police and for the last six years worked as a detective.She does her job with the belief that those who commit crimes will eventually be caught, preferably by her. However, her life changes dramatically with the advent of the emperor, who claims that he is from a parallel universe. Although Jung Tae Eul doesn’t want to admit it, she begins to believe what he says.
Cho Yong (Woo Do Hwan) is the bodyguard of Emperor Lee Gong, with whom he also has a strong friendship, which began when Cho Yong was only 4 years old. Jo Young is the only person that Lee Gon is able to fully trust.
Goo Seo Ryung (Jung Eun Chae) is the world’s first female prime minister, Lee Gon. She is ambitious and will stop at nothing in her pursuit of power. Her target is Li Gon, for whom she suddenly began to have real feelings. Jealousy for her rival forced her to embark on a dangerous path.
Kang Shin Jae (Kim Kyung Nam) is a detective working with Jung Tae Eul. He is out of tune with his relatives, but his colleagues are his real family. He is principled, responsible and honest.